Build Yourself This 2019


“I am the sparkle in the gold.
I AM AMAZING!”
Donna Marie

The newness it brings, along with cheerfulness we sing, it’s a delightful thing. That’s the optimism that comes with the New Year. We excitedly bring it in, with hopes of achieving what last year did not win. But, this is not the time for any more excuses. This is the time for us all to embrace the hope the New Year has given us. 

For this reason, you have to accept the challenge that has been granted you, life. And you were only given one. So this year marks the start of completing those New Year resolutions. While failed attempts may spring about, you cannot give up. This is your year to achieve the unbelievable. Will it require hard work, and take you out of your comfort zone? Yes, but it will be worth it. Those nights you go down with the moon and wake with the rising sun, will all be for the good of accomplishing the life you have always wanted.  

This 2019, embark on creating the life you have seen yourself having. No more dreaming, time for your dreams to come to life. Walk in the path you have always known was meant for you. This is your year. There isn’t a more prominent time than now, to be in love with yourself enough that you give your dreams a chance to come alive.

There is nothing like waking up knowing that you are going to strive toward your greatness that day. Because too often, we drag ourselves out of bed to fulfill the dreams of someone else. But, it never has to be that way again.

You have the power within you to make greatness occur in your life. There are two simple steps to make this happen: believe in yourself and getting started. Once, you believe that you can possibly do it, you’re ready to take the first step. And then, you are on your way!

Last year, I learned just what it meant to step out of my own way and work towards my goals. And that was just one tiny step towards the big picture I envision of myself.

Jewels, if you do not have any goals this year other than surviving, I encourage you to build on the gift you have and elevate yourself. You deserve it.

Happy New Year, Jewels! Be You!

Meal Prepping: To be OR not to be

Everyone always has such wonderful things to say about it. Meal prepping saves you time; meal prepping helps you save money; meal prepping keeps you on track with your dietary plan; etc. So meal prepping receives such high praise. And I am sure it is all that and a bag of chips, but I lack time to do such meal prepping. But, I thought what the heck, let’s try this!

Yesterday evening, I decided I would give it a try since school was canceled for today due to inclement winter weather conditions. I had nothing to lose, especially not time. It took me about three hours to prep. Within that time, I managed to cook three meals, prepare four salads, and snacks. I do feel a weight lifted off my shoulders, in the since that I will not have to cook when I come home from work, which does save time and energy.

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After this first week goes by, I’ll be sure to share how meal prepping actually worked out for me. I’m sure my family will enjoy not having to wait for dinner to be ready, and the snacks are already bagged, ready for consumption. The biggest plus for me is not having to wash dishes. Yes!!! Those dishes are a pain.

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If you all have tried meal prepping, please share tips on how to save time and what works best for you. I am really excited about continuing to prepare meals in this manner.

Bon appetit, Jewels! 😉

Ginger Tea, Please!

Happy New Year! We are well into two weeks of 2018! Hopefully, you are keeping up with your new year resolutions or even trying to *wink wink.

I have always wanted to live a healthy lifestyle- key word, wanted. But it got real for me and became a necessary change, when I discovered I was going to be a mom. I knew then, I had to change my diet to one more suitable to raising a healthy baby. Then, when she arrived I knew then as well I would have to continue eating well for her, as she was getting all of her supplements from me as I was nursing her. However, now it is totally different. I must have a healthy lifestyle just to keep up with my busy bee.

I am not going to go into detail, just yet as to my dietary meal plan, but I must share one aspect of my diet that I love and look forward to.

Never have I ever been into ginger. Sure, I have heard of it. But, I didn’t need that, so I thought. Now, I love it! I still haven’t tried eating it. That day will come. If you have yet to make your own cup of morning sunshine, not orange juice but rather ginger tea, you must try! It is so easy to make and very enjoyable.

I am such a Starbucks junkie. I used to get tea from Starbucks every morning. I love Starbucks so much that my students for my birthday and Christmas gave me tons of Starbucks gift cards because they know I come in with a venti tea every morning. I may treat myself once in a while with Starbucks, but for now my new go to tea is Ginger tea.

This tea is completely homemade. This recipe has been around forever, but it took 2018 for me to actually try. Better late than never, right?

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Ingredients:

  • 8-10 oz of water
  • half a ginger (depends on your preference)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • tablespoon of honey

Instructions:

  1. Clean your ginger well.
  2. Cut half a ginger root (depends on how strong of taste you want, I use a small ginger and cut half of it).
  3. Thinly slice the ginger. I cut mine like thin chips.
  4. Boil 8-10 oz of water and place the sliced ginger in the water.
  5. Once the water reaches boiling point, allow your ginger and water to boil for about 4-6 minutes.
  6. Strain the water into a mug, add lemon, honey, and stir.
  7. Enjoy!

You can definitely add more to this tea to make it more flavorful and to suit your taste buds. I enjoy it this way, plus it is easy to make quickly in the morning.

There are health benefits to ginger, lemon, and honey. To find out more, use one of the greatest gifts ever, GOOGLE! You’ll find out much more than I can ever tell you. Just know that you’ll thank me later. This tea is a keeper. As I discover more delicious and healthy alternatives to substitute my food habits, I will share them!

Hope to hear from those of you that try Ginger Tea!

I also have been adding different fruits and veggies to my water, and this has been a great way to get my daughter to drink more water, too!

Happy New Year, Jewels! More Ginger Tea, Please!

I’ve Been Living: 2 Years Later

It’s Monday, and I am told that today will be the day. On this day, there are so many flutters, thoughts, omg this is really happening, to me. As I suspected, because we all have those gut feelings, the ones where you just know before it even happens, that this will not go the fairy tale way as planned. And indeed it did not go as planned. But a happily ever after is in play.

By the time the moon marked the sky that night, those flutters turned into smiles, because it was going to be any minute now. So I thought. With everything that is beautiful; everything that makes us smile and release those warm tears of happiness, they take time. So patiently, in a not so pleasant manner, I waited.

An entire day has passed. And with a couple of hours to go, the wait is no more. As they say, “The time has come.” Was I ready, heck yeah! The process was long, but not as long as it had been.

Early Wednesday morning, I became a part of Mother Nature. For I too, became a mother. I’ll never forget the cry of my baby girl as she entered this world. In that moment, I cried too, to rejoice of her safe delivery.

Ever since that bright starry night of August, I have experienced and been granted the most beautiful job on Earth, Mom.

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But before becoming Mom, I be wed a charming fellow. 2015, my life changed. I met the man that I committed forever to, and weeks later conceived our heart beat.

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There are many other changes, but those two are the grandest of them all. While being a wife and a mom is relatively new to me, I failed to make time for my blog. I wrote throughout my pregnancy and up to now. Yet, I strayed away from blogging.

I have many new helpful tips to share, and I cannot wait to get them all out there.

Life is a wonderful adventure; it’s just about making the right choices.

Be great, Jewels!